Thursday, October 20, 2011
FIBA Asia U16 2011 : Energen Pilipinas beats Indonesia
Source : Jasmine W. Payo Philippine Daily Inquirer
NHA TRANG—The Energen Pilipinas Under-16 squad hit the floor running to dump Indonesia, 93-30, at the start of its campaign in the Fiba Asia U16 tournament Wednesday night at the Khanh Hoa Sports Center here in Vietnam.
Jay Alejandro unloaded a game-high 17 points as the Philippines took the Group D lead at 1-0 in the preliminary round of the 15-nation tournament.
The Philippines stormed out with a 23-6 start and widened the gap to 43 points in the second period, 54-11, following a 27-0 outburst.
Kyles Lao fired 15 points, while Isaac Go and Prince Rivero chipped in nine markers each.
“We’re expected to beat Indonesia, so we set goals before the game which is really to work on our defense and rebounding. We’re looking ahead,” said national youth coach Olsen Racela.
The Philippines is assured of a second-round berth after luckily getting bunched in the only three-team bracket with Indonesia and host Vietnam.
Indonesia ended its preliminary run at 1-1 as the Philippines and Vietnam (0-1) wrap up Group D action at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. Manila time) on Thursday night.
The Group D teams will advance to the second round against the top three nations in Group C.
Defending champion China remains unbeaten in two games in Group A of the qualifier dangling two slots in the 2012 Fiba U17 World Championship.
Korea, the runner-up in the tournament’s last edition in 2009, also leads Group B at 2-0, while Japan paces Group C with a similar 2-0 card.
PHILIPPINES 93–Alejandro 17, Lao 15, Go 9, Rivero 9, Diputado 8, Heading 7, Cani 7, Ramos 6, Javelosa 4, Dalafu 4, Caracut 4, Asilum 3.
INDONESIA 30–Abraham 9, Indraprasto 6, Kosasih 5, Yogia 4, Fahdani 4, Sidabutar 2, Airawan 0, Setiawan 0, Istiadi 9, Purwoko 0, Ramadhan 0, Wongso 0.
Quarters: 27-9, 56-13, 78-22, 93-30